Saturday, 31 October 2015

Love Happiness Yoga


Hi All

I have a new blog that I would like you to take a look at by clicking the following link: Love Happiness Yoga

I won't be posting on here any longer, but it will stay up for the content. It would be great to see you over at Love Happiness Yoga - I'm currently blogging about my Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica.

All social media links are at the bottom of the new website.


Sunday, 6 September 2015

Encouragement



"If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next, don’t be.

Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path toward happiness; don’t waste time with regret. Spin wildly into your next action.

Enjoy the present, each moment as it comes, because you’ll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart, where your hope lives.

You'll find your way again..."




Image and words from Pinterest 

Monday, 24 August 2015

A celebratory present


Chris surprised me with a wonderful present to congratulate me on completing my 90 day Red Hot Yoga Challenge.

I have been lusting over La Vie Boheme's beautiful yoga mats for a while and I'm so happy to now have my own. I love the patten and can't wait to start practising on it. 

Friday, 14 August 2015

90 day yoga challenge - completed


On Saturday, I completed my Red Hot Yoga 90 day challenge (I've previously mentioned it here) and I am beyond over the moon with myself.

I started the challenge with the aim of reaching 30 days, but I found myself being drawn in and loved what I was achieving - strength, flexibility, reduced anxiety (I'm a massive worrier), I learnt to breathe and take each day as it comes, instead of worrying about things out of my control in the far off distant future.

I carried on through to 60 days and was left wanting more, I decided to keep going all the way through to 90 days. I loved the challenge and the overall effect. For at least one hour every day, it was me and my mat, I was focusing on myself and the results were life changing for my mind, body and soul - so much so a huge light switch clicked for me and I realised what I want to do for the next step of my yoga adventure.

I'm going to take my yoga training further, my eyes and heart have been opened and in October I will be leaving for Costa Rica (a country I have fallen head over heels in love with) to complete my yoga teacher training. I am so excited (as well as very nervous) but can't wait to share this new experience with other yogi's who are on the same journey as me. 

Everyone at Red Hot Yoga in Guildford, Surrey have been amazing over the past 90 days. If you are in the Guildford area, make sure you book in for a class. I can't recommend them enough! They are all a great bunch people and I have made some amazing friends along the way.

I knew 2015 was going to be a special year, but never realised just how much! 

The above photo was taken in Costa Rica, in front of Kelsey Montague's beautiful wings artwork.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Full moon in Aquarius


The second full moon in the month of July and its a beautiful full blue moon in the sign of Aquarius. Both of the full moons in July have been the bookends to the important lessons learned over the past month.

This blue moon will act as a road opener to move out of our 'comfort zone' and into new territory.

"Follow your heart and trust that a change of course may be exactly what the Universe has ordered for you."

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Journey of self-discovery


In April (which now seems like a lifetime ago), Chris and I traveled to Costa Rica for two magical weeks. Costa Rica has always been at the top of my ‘Places I want to visit’ and my dreams came true and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

We went there with positive vibes, open hearts and minds, I wasn’t sure what I would find but I knew that I would be able to answer some of the unanswered questions I was too scared to face or couldn’t put my finger on the nagging feeling at the back of my mind. 


We hired a Suzuki Jimny for our road trip, which came to a total of 1,252 miles around Costa Rica in two weeks! We booked each hotel/inn/treehouse/beach hut/Airbnb before we left the UK, to ensure we knew where we were heading and how long it would take for us to get there. I read so many blogs and reviews for some of the best-hidden treasures and not so touristy spots (but we couldn’t help but avoid some of them) and Chris very expertly plotted them out on a google map.

One of my top ‘to do’s/to see’ was to be up close to some of the most beautiful and exotic nature that the wonderful country had to offer. As I am typing this post I feel the need to keep pinching myself, as it really doesn’t feel real.


One of my main reasons to visit Costa Rica was for the Sloths and I wasn’t disappointed, after overcoming a number of emotions (mainly crying and trying not to have an emotional breakdown) I was over the moon to be in the presence of these most extraordinary and beautiful animals – one experience that will never leave me and I wish I could do it every single day.

As well as ticking items off of my bucket list, I found myself quickly settling into the slower pace of life (after we had left the hustle and bustle of San Jose), work disappeared from my mind and I enjoyed chilling, relaxing, taking time just for myself, reading books and taking part in yoga classes – a mix of beach front, listening to the waves, in the middle of the jungle looking out to the rainforest canopy, anywhere where I could focus on my breath and take a few zen moments.



Costa Rica, reignited my passion and love for yoga, that you can read more about in my post - 'Yoga Challenge'. 

I was in a country that I had fallen head over heels with and I didn't want to leave. I had found myself, a small part that had been itching to show its self and knowing that I wanted more than what I have now and that there is so much I still have to learn.


This journey of self-discovery is no where near over, it has only just begun. 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Full moon in Capricorn

Did you see the full moon this week? It was amazing, so bright large and orange.


I google searched to see what makes this moon different and I'm glad I did. The full moon is in Capricorn and this represents a powerful and positive energy that is a sign of long-term goals and plans - something that I am focusing heavily on at the moment and found this very relevant.

I couldn't help but take a photo (slightly fuzzy) to capture the moment.


Sunday, 28 June 2015

Yoga Challenge

While in Costa Rica, I came to the realisation that I need more yoga in my life.

Me on a beach in Costa Rica
The dabbling, starting up and then not being consistent had to stop, I need to make a commitment, see it through and to be completely honest I think I have known this for a while, but kept pushing it to the back of my mind and kept it in locked away as something to come back to, but rarely ever ever did.

Costa Rica reignited my passion and love for yoga not just the physical aspects of it but the mental. I was attending classes regularly (at least once a week) before I left and have been practicing on and off since 2002, but something clicked and I knew that yoga, the theory and practice has to be part of my life more and something that I should be exploring when I arrived back in the UK.

I made a decision there and then that I needed a new challenge, something that would push me further, improve me, deepen my knowledge and practice – you know what they say – when you put something out into the universe you will be heard! The next day my local Hot Yoga studio sent through an email announcing their 30-day hot yoga challenge starting on my return. The universe had replied, a lot quicker than expected and how could I ignore a chance like that! 

Back in the UK, I signed up for the 30-day challenge and threw my all into it, every day for at least an hour - I was making the commitment to deepen and expand my yoga practice. 


My normal life didn't stop, I still had work during the days and had to take this into consideration when planning my attendance to the next class - which wasn't as easy as it sounds... There are no normal working hours in the world of Marketing and Advertising, the secret to my planning is a handy little app called 'Mind Body Connect' I could plan, book and know that all the booked classes went into my calendar so I wouldn't forget what I had booked for the next day. 

I loved the 30 days so much that I took the decision to carry on through to the 60-day challenge - I'm currently on day 47!!! Whoop whoop.  


Why do a Yoga Challenge?
  • Committing to the Yoga Challenge encourages a consistent, regular practice, which is the best way to achieve maximum results.
  • Improves your practice significantly and takes you to a deeper level.
  • Improves mental concentration and relieves stress.
  • Re-energises, re-vitalises and re-invigorates your whole body.
  • Gives you body a thorough detoxing, improving your skin and your internal organ function.
  • Aids in weight loss and muscle toning.
  • Gives you the perfect opportunity to work on a particular muscle group or previous injury.
  • Helps promote a positive life-style, with all the benefits living well can bring you.

All images can be found on my Pinterest and Tumblr with the click through links to the source.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Yoga clothes I'm loving and wanting...

The world of fitness clothes has expanded, think back to the last ten or even five years. The market is now so diverse, specialising for the sport/activity you like e.g. running, yoga, gym etc rather than buying a top or capri's that would cover your requirements but not 100% hitting the mark.


My new treat to myself is yoga clothes, especially now as I am taking part in the 60 day hot yoga challenge - yoga every day for 60 days at my local Red Hot studio! So who could really blame me for wanting a whole new yoga wardrobe?

Here is a snapshot of a few items I'm currently lusting over:

Sports bra
Sweaty Betty: Virasana Padded Yoga Bra - £38.00

Lululemon: Energy Bra - £42.00

Lululemon: Hold your Om bra - £45.00

Tops
Gap: Breathe low-back tank - £16.95

Lululemon: Swiftly Tech Racerback - £42.00

Gap: Drawstring top - £19.99

Deliciously Ella: Peace, Love & Yoga jumper - £35.00

Trousers
Onzie: Capri pant, skull - £39.95

Onzie: Long legging, Bandana - £48.95

Lululemon: Om Pant - £82.00

I am always excited to find new brands to add to my collection (even better if they are not as expensive as Lululemon...)

Are there any brands I should be looking at and maybe even purchasing? Please let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

International Day of Yoga

Meditating in the Costa Rican rainforest

Today - 21 June 2015, marks the first year of 'International Yoga Day' where as many as 177 (possibly even more) United Nations countries will take part.

Vrksasana - Tree pose


It is great to be able to celebrate a whole day each year to yoga, to raise the amazing awareness of the benefits and to bring everyone together.

Dancing in the Costa Rican sunset


I am currently on day 41 of my Red Hot Yoga challenge (more about that later) and loved being in class today to take part and be with one of the many people who celebrated.

To find out more information on the International Day of Yoga take a look at their website: idayofyoga.org or to see images or photos by typing in #InternationalDayofYoga 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Holiday of a Lifetime


This time in two weeks, Chris and I will be on our way to Heathrow!

Since I was little, in year 6 at school to be precise, I learnt about the Rainforest's and that the world that I live in was so much bigger than my mind could take in. For our final project we had to pick an animal, bird, inset etc to research and write a poem on, I chose an animal that had been over looked by my other class mates and that's when I fell in love with the Sloth.

Now, after years of dreaming, saving and planning - I will finally be making the journey to Costa Rica and seeing the Sloth in its natural habitat!!!

The trip is going to take three weeks in total, two weeks will be spent travelling round Costa Rica - we are hiring a mini 4x4 and not spending any longer than two nights in one place. The last week is going to be split between New York and Boston, because while we are in America we might as well make the most of it.

Are there any travel tips, must sees and places to visit that we should try and incorporate into our plans? Any will be greatly received for Costa Rica, New York and Boston.


A Sloth!!!!



Source: Tumblr & Pinterest

Friday, 27 March 2015

Self Transformation

The blog has taken a back seat over the past X amount of months and it isn't without trying to put a post together, I'll come to the blog with ideas filling my head, only to realise I didn't know what I really wanted to write about or share.

Since 2012, I have been going through a lot of soul searching and trying to find the real me - who I am, what I like, what I want from life and what makes me tick this isn't an easy journey and by no means a short one. There are times of self discovery, being brave and learning - it is a journey that has no end date or destination. I am open to new ideas and experiences with the overall goal of being happy and learning more about myself as a person and spirituality, the process of discovery has taken me on a few of the following roads/paths.

Meditation


Chakras



Intention



Yoga


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